Cruise Bayou Vermilion in a traditional Louisiana boat and learn the history of Lafayette, Louisiana's "Cajun Capital." A National Park Service ranger or other local guide will be on board to share stories of Indians, farmers, trappers, and traders as you watch for wildlife on the banks and relive another era on the Cocodrie, an old-fashioned bayou "schoolboat." Spring cruising season is March through May.
Tours are offered in spring and fall and cast off from the Vermilionville Heritage & Folklife Park of the Bayou Vermilion District (right next door to the Acadian Cultural Center). Two weeks' advance registration is required for boat tours. Follow the link or call Vermilionville at 337-233-4077 ext 199 for information on days, times, prices, and reservations. Two tour packages are available; one is the boat tour only and the other includes the boat tour, a buffet lunch at Vermilionville's restaurant, and a self-guided tour of Vermilionville.